22 days in Japan Itinerary

22 days in Japan Itinerary

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Drive
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Hakuba-mura
— 1 night
Drive
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Nozawaonsen-mura
— 1 night
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Drive to Toyama Airport, Fly to New Chitose Airport, Drive to Kutchan-cho
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Kutchan-cho
— 3 nights
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Drive to New Chitose Airport, Fly to Naha Airport, Drive to Kunigami-son
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Kunigami-son
— 1 night
Drive
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Motobu-cho
— 3 nights
Unknown
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Hateruma-jima
— 1 night
Unknown
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Miyakojima
— 4 nights
Fly
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Ishigaki
— 4 nights
Ferry
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Iriomote-jima
— 3 nights
Ferry to 石垣港離島ターミナル, Fly to Tokyo Haneda

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Hakuba-mura

— 1 night
Skiing enthusiasts traveling in Japan should consider a trip to Hakuba-mura: tucked away in the Northern Alps, this village hosted several competitions during the Nagano 1998 Winter Olympics.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Thu): fly down the slopes at Hakuba 47 Winter Sports Park, hit the slopes at Hakuba Cortina Ski Resort, take a stroll through Hakuba, then hit the slopes at Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort, and finally visit Hakuba Jump Arena. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Togakushi Shrine Chusha, take in the spiritual surroundings of Togakushi Shrine Okusha, then get outside with Glad Quad, then take in the awesome beauty at Happoone, and finally hit the slopes at Hakuba Goryu Ski Resort / Alpine Garden.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Hakuba-mura online tour itinerary planner.

Tokyo to Hakuba-mura is an approximately 3.5-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or take a bus. In January, Hakuba-mura is little chillier than Tokyo - with highs of 3°C and lows of -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to drive to Nozawaonsen-mura.

Things to do in Hakuba-mura

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Nozawaonsen-mura

— 1 night
Many visitors take a trip to Nozawaonsen-mura, a picturesque hot spring village in Nagano Prefecture, to get away from it all.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): hit the slopes at Nozawa Onsen and then head outdoors with Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Nozawaonsen-mura day trip planner.

You can drive from Hakuba-mura to Nozawaonsen-mura in 2 hours. In January in Nozawaonsen-mura, expect temperatures between 3°C during the day and -3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time for travel to Kutchan-cho.

Things to do in Nozawaonsen-mura

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Spas

Kutchan-cho

— 3 nights
Kutchan-cho's reputation rests on two things: skiing and potatoes.
On the 24th (Sun), hit the slopes at Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu Ski Place and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Yotei. Keep things going the next day: get outside with Niseko Hanazono Resort and then stroll around Fukidashi Park.

For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Kutchan-cho online travel route planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Nozawaonsen-mura to Kutchan-cho. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Nozawaonsen-mura in January: highs in Kutchan-cho hover around -3°C, while lows dip to -6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Kunigami-son.

Things to do in Kutchan-cho

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Nature

Side Trips

Kunigami-son

— 1 night
Although the village of Kunigami-son spreads across a large area, it remains sparsely populated, with lots of wild land protected from development.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Uzahama Beach, kick back and relax at Okuma Beach, take some stellar pictures from Cape Hedo, then take in the awesome beauty at Daisekirinzan, and finally examine the collection at Okinawa Ishi no Bunka Museum.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Kunigami-son trip itinerary maker tool.

Explore your travel options from Kutchan-cho to Kunigami-son with the Route module. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Kutchan-cho in January; daily highs in Kunigami-son reach 22°C and lows reach 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to drive to Motobu-cho.

Things to do in Kunigami-son

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Motobu-cho

— 3 nights
Formed by the gradual merging of several old fishing villages, today the island town of Motobu-cho boasts paradisal beaches of white sand, clear waters, and a rich array of wildlife.
You'll get in some beach time at Kouri Beach and Manza Beach. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Tropical Dream Center and Minnajima Island. Explore Motobu-cho's surroundings by going to Onna-son (Onna Station Nakayukui Market & Scuba & Snorkeling). And it doesn't end there: head outdoors with Emerald Beach, walk around Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park, observe the fascinating underwater world at Okichan Theater, and go for a walk through Bise no Fukugi Tree Road.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Motobu-cho vacation builder site.

You can drive from Kunigami-son to Motobu-cho in 1.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Motobu-cho can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to travel to Hateruma-jima.

Things to do in Motobu-cho

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Hateruma-jima

— 1 night
On the 31st (Sun), don't miss a visit to Hateruma Post Office, appreciate the history behind Monument of The Southernmost Part of Japan, kick back and relax at Pemuchi Beach, look for all kinds of wild species at Hamashitan Habitat, then enjoy the sand and surf at Nishihama Beach, and finally get outside with Coral Beach.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Hateruma-jima travel route builder site.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Motobu-cho to Hateruma-jima. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Motobu-cho in January since evenings lows in Hateruma-jima dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) to allow time to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Hateruma-jima

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Miyakojima

— 4 nights
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
We've included these beaches for you: Toguchi no Hama and Nakanoshima Beach. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Kouri Island and Nishihenna Cape. And it doesn't end there: step off the mainland to explore Shimojiiima Island, enjoy the sand and surf at Aragusuku Beach, take in the views from Kurima Bridge, and take in panoramic vistas at Ryugujo Observatory.

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Miyakojima trip itinerary app.

Explore your travel options from Hateruma-jima to Miyakojima with the Route module. January in Miyakojima sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Ishigaki

— 4 nights
Ishigaki, the most populous island in the chain, features the country's southernmost city and acts as a transport hub for exploring the landmasses that surround.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Island Countryside Settlement and Kaiji Beach. You'll get in some beach time at Kondoi Beach and Yonehara Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Ishigaki: Kohama-jima (Kohama Seaport, Ubutaki Lookouts, &more). Next up on the itinerary: walk around Kabira Park, pause for some photo ops at Yoko Gushiken Monument, Head underground at Ishigaki Island Limestone Cave, and enjoy breathtaking views from Tamatorizaki Observatory.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Ishigaki route planner.

Getting from Miyakojima to Ishigaki by flight takes about 2.5 hours. In February, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Iriomote-jima

— 3 nights
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Iriomote Wildlife Conservation Center and Iriomote Island. You'll get in some beach time at Ida no Hama Beach and Hoshisuna Beach. And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Funauki Village, take a memorable tour with Tours, admire the sheer force of Pinaisara Falls, and skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Iriomote-jima tour planner.

Getting from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima by ferry takes about 2 hours. In February, daily temperatures in Iriomote-jima can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Japan travel guide

4.3
Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.